Join Adam Frost on our garden cruise

Late-summer cruise

Join Gardeners’ World presenter and Chelsea Gold Medallist Adam Frost as you enjoy an exclusive sunshine cruise around Madeira, Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Lanzarote.

All inclusiveExclusive 14-night cruise, from £1,499 per person

Soak up the late-summer sun on a relaxing 14-night cruise this October, with delicious food and drinks all included in the price. Throuhgout this exclusive cruise, you'll be joined by Gardeners' World presenter and RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medallist, Adam Frost, plus BBC Gardeners' World Magazine Associate Editor, David Hurrion and Gardeners' Question time host, Matthew Biggs, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Gardeners' World.

Central Square, La Palma

Celebrate with us

Join us on our cruise to mark 50 years of Gardeners’ World TV, with members of the Gardeners’ World and Gardeners’ World Magazine team as you explore the gardens of Madeira, Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote. Discover stunning scenery and flora, rich fruit plantations, and classical architecture. As you travel in comfort aboard your cruise ship Balmoral, your expert hosts will be on hand for talks, question & answer sessions and a workshop with Adam Frost.

Cruising highlights

  • Hosted by Experts David Hurrion and  Matthew Biggs
  • Guest host appearance by Adam Frost
  • Free gardeners’ tours in Tenerife, Lanzarote & Agadir
  • Opportunities to visit Madeira’s Gardens and from Lisbon enjoy the journey to Sintra and the stunning gardens of Quinta da Regaleira on an optional ship tour
  • Exclusive Talks, gardeners’ get-togethers and drinks party


Adam Frost

What's included:


  • 14-night cruise aboard Fred Olsen Cruise lines' Balmoral.


  • Comfortable en-suite accommodation with TV, hairdryer, safe, individually controlled air conditioning.


  • Fine dining, informal buffets and late-night snacks throughout the day and early evening, including morning coffee with biscuits, afternnoon tea with sandwiches and cakes, and in-cabin sandwiches and snacks.


  • All evening entertainment, including dancing and cabaret shows.


  • Captain's Cocktail Party and Gala Buffet.


  • On-board leisure facilities including gym, swimming pools and jacuzzis.


  • Daily on-board activities and lectures.


  • taxes and baggage porterage between your cabin and drop off/pick up point.


  • Everything on board priced in pounds sterling, so no worries about currency.


  • Adam Frost will be your host throughout the cruise, giving talks, answering questions and presenting a workshop.




The date of this holiday is 15-29 October, 2017

Prices for this exclusive gardeners' holiday start from £1,499 per person for 14 nights.

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Your hosts

You'll be joined by three special hosts throughout the cruise - Gardeners' World presenter and RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medallist, Adam Frost, BBC Gardeners' World Magazine Associate Editor, David Hurrion, and Gardeners' Question Time presenter, Matthew Biggs - who will be there to answer questions and give fascinating talks.


Adam Frost


Adam Frost

Gardeners’ World presenter and seven-times Chelsea Gold Medallist, Adam Frost will be talking about working with the late Geoff Hamilton, ‘His journey so far’ and ‘My Gold Medal Chelsea Gardens'.

"I love everything about gardens, whatever type of design or style. They connect people, space and plants – all of which I am passionate about." Adam Frost




David Hurrion


David Hurrion

Join BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine’s Associate Editor, David Hurrion as he talks ‘Gardening Gold’ – how to discover the secret to your best garden ever!

"Although I’ve visited these islands many times, there are always new plants and landscapes to discover." David Hurrion





Matthew Biggs


Matthew Biggs

Gardener, writer and Gardeners’ QuestionTime presenter, Matthew Biggs will give an insight into the ‘Unique Plants and Flowers of the Canaries’.

"There are so many exciting plants in the gardens and wild places we visit on this cruise." Matt Biggs







Your itinerary

Botanic Garden, Funchal

Sunday 15 October
All aboard as Balmoral sails from Southampton

Monday 16 – Wednesday 18 October - Cruising days.
There will be plenty of opportunities for you to meet your hosts throughout your cruise, whether informally during the day, or on a garden visit, or at one of the scheduled get-togethers we have arranged in the main lounge. Look out too for the Daily News which is delivered to your cabin each evening detailing the ship’s activities. You’ll find the cruising days are packed with variety – but totally relaxing.

Thursday 19 October - Funchal, Madeira
Delightfully enhanced by a benign climate filling this floating garden with the year-round colours and perfumes of subtropical flowers and fruit. Take the opportunity to explore Funchal on your own or book and optional ship’s tour to the gardens!

Santa Cruz, La PalmaFriday 20 October - Santa Cruz, La Palma
La Palma’s pretty capital boasts lush greenery and cafes that take pride in serving exquisite local cuisine. Journey to the south of the island and discover the stunning scenery and flora of the San Antonio Volcano, before learning of its history at the engaging visitor centre.

Saturday 21 October - Santa Cruz, Tenerife
Free gardeners' tour
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and it’s full of delightful surprises for everyone. Today join your hosts David and Matt on a special visit to Palmetum, a 12-hectare garden specialising in Palm Trees. Autumn being perhaps the best season to enjoy the gardens as tropical species peak during these months and most palm species bear colourful fruits at this time.

Sunday 22 October - Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Free gardeners' tour
Jardin de Cactus, LanzaroteOffering superb restaurants, lively boulevards, parks and gardens. It sits happily with the 15th century old quarter, which celebrates the city’s cultural heritage with colonial architecture, pretty courtyards and a treasure trove of museums and monuments.

Monday 23 October - Arrecife, Lanzarote
Free gardeners' tour
Experience the extraordinary landscape of Lanzarote with lush vegetation and rich plantations of bananas, oranges and vines. Join your hosts today with a visit to Cesar Manrique’s unique Cactus Garden

Tuesday 24 October Agadir, Morocco
On Agadir’s wide, modern boulevards there are plenty of cafés and restaurants, but for the sights, sounds and smells of the old town, visit the old port, with markets selling fish, fruit, vegetables and spices.

Wednesday 25 October - Cruising
Agadir, MoroccoJoin Adam Frost today for his first talk.

Thursday 26 October Lisbon, Portugal
Famous for its seven hills, Lisbon is a delight to explore. The old town, Alfama, mixes medieval and Moorish buildings in meandering cobbled streets. You may wish to take a relaxing city tour of Lisbon or book a ship’s tour to wonderful Sintra. The choice is yours.

Friday 27 – Saturday 28 October - Cruising days
Days at sea to relax on board and enjoy the facilities Balmoral has to offer. Plus opportunities to meet with your hosts for two last talks and gardeners’ question time - cameras and questions at the ready.

Sunday 29 October
Balmoral arrives in Southampton


Tour highlights

Funchal, Madeira

Funchal, Maderia


Funchal, Maderia

Mercado dos Lavradores, Funchal


Botanic Garden, Funchal

Botanic Garden, Funchal

Santa Cruz, La Palma

Santa Cruz, La Palma


Palmetum, Tenerife

Central Square, La Palma


Caesar Manrique's Cactus Garden, Lanzarote

Cactus Garden


Market at Agadir, Morocco

Agadir, Morocco

How to book

The date of this holiday is 15-29 October, 2017

Prices for this exclusive gardeners' holiday start from £1,499 per person for 14 nights.

Call to book











Terms and conditions

All-Inclusive Drinks Package is subject to terms and conditions, and available on selected drinks. This Cruise is organised by cruise. Ltd (ABTA 78024) for BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, acting as agents on behalf of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, and are subject to the individual cruise line’s terms and conditions., Grosvenor House, Prospect Hill, Redditch, Worcestershire B97 4DL. Bookings have to be made through cruise. Prices shown are per person, based on the lead-in cabin fare and in twin occupancy. Single prices available on request. Please note all tours and places of interest mentioned, with the exception of the FREE tours mentioned, are not included in the cruise fare and may be visited on optional tours. Full details of the shore tours available for you to book will be sent to you prior to the cruise. The experts hosting any of our cruises are subject to personal circumstances permitting. Hosts are subject to a minimum number of people travelling in the group and we will keep you informed if there needs to be a change to the number of hosts travelling on the cruise. We plan to visit the gardens mentioned in the itinerary, however we reserve the right to change a visit should circumstances become necessary. E&OE.




Feedback from previous holidays...

In August 2016 guests joined us on a special cruise of French rivers and gardens in celebration of the 25th anniversary of BBC Gardeners' World Magazine, hosted by Carol Klein, Matt Biggs and the magazine's associate editor, David Hurrion.

Here's what some of our guests thought:

"I think it was a very good cruise and the gardening group was very friendly and by wearing the BBC Gardeners World Magazine labels meant you could always chat to someone with like interests."

"The cruise was a great success - everything went smoothly. The meetings on board were interesting and entertaining and the visits to the gardens were excellent"

"This was a great holiday - food, accommodation, itinerary, organisation - as well as the gardening celebrities - all made it a holiday to remember. I will look out for others in the future."


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